This is an on going series of enjoyment of the Riches of Christ.
Christ secured an inheritance for us which we are free to enjoy right now
We often get the idea that the promises of the Gospel stop with 1st Corinthians 15:1-4
“15 Now I would remind you, brothers,[a] of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand,
2 and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.
3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures,
4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,”
While it is true that salvation through death with Christ and regeneration into born-again believers is the foundation on which we build, the gospel encompasses everything that Christ achieved in his death and resurrection by keeping the terms of the Everlasting Covenant.
He is the Good Shepherd who gave His life for the sheep, and in resurrection secured an inheritance which He is now sharing with the saints. He is the Good Shepherd leading us into green pastures beside the still waters. He restored our souls and He is leading us into the path of righteousness, which is Himself. He is the straight, narrow path that leads to the Father, a path paved with feasts and enjoyment. He took all burdens off and, in return, opened His unsearchable riches to us to enjoy.
By learning to enjoy the Lord in this lifetime you gain a strong tower where no enemy can reach you, a source of food that no one can cut, a precious garment that can’t be torn, and fellowship with the Father and with the Son that no one can separate you from. You are brought in the Son and in the Father and they are brought in you. You have access to an oasis springing living water, in the midst of a dead world.
While it does sound too good to be true, this is the way to live the Christian life- by enjoying Christ. It shouldn’t come as a work (”Oh no I must enjoy Christ RIGHT NOW”) but truly as an enjoyment. He who believes in Christ has ceased from wroking and has entered into rest. He is the Lord of the Sabbath!
Personally, I enjoy the Lord greatly when I am going through something difficult in my life. I have learned to trust in him and run to him for comfort and it was a blessing. While it was sometimes really difficult I gained Christ and I got to know the Lord better. I am quietly glorying in tribulations seeing the light of Christ shine brighter on the dark backdrop of the world. It is great and every born-again believer has access to this sort of comfort!
The Lord prepared a place for us where we can hide in him because he loves us! He wants us to take advantage of the riches of the inheritance Christ secured for us! As you taste the Lord’s goodness you start reaching for him more and more and enjoy him both in seasons of discomfort as well as in seasons of peace.
As this wasn’t already too good to be true, when we enjoy Christ and are satisfied with him, he is brought into us as an incorruptible, eternal weight of glory which will be our reward. God is good and gracious and full of mercy. By starting to comprehend the breadth of our inheritance, we get a foretaste of how we will be experiencing life in him in the ages to come. He is love, light, and eternal life.
Thank you, Jesus!
Thank you, Lord, for paying with your own Blood to redeem us and bring us into your Body!
Thank you for being our Good Shepherd! Thank you for giving your life for the sheep!
Thank you for securing an inheritance for us in You!
Thank you for being our Strong Tower and our Place of Refuge!
Thank you for being the Bread that always satisfies!
Thank you for clothing us in Your righteousness!
Thank you for being an Oasis of Living Water in the midst of this dead world!
Thank you for the simplicity of the Gospel and the unsercheable riches it opens to us by simple faith!
Thank you for being the God of all Comforts!